Oct. 7, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of Georgia Tech’s historic football win over Cumberland College. On Oct. 7, 1916, Tech beat Cumberland 222-0 in a football game that endures as the most lopsided victory and the most points scored in collegiate football history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The game had no first downs — Cumberland did not make any, and Tech scored every time it had the ball.
In 2014, the game ball was auctioned off to Tech alumnus Ryan Schneider, a patent lawyer who won the ball for a price of $40,388. Upon winning the ball, he told The New York Times, “I love Tech; love what it’s let me do and be. I didn’t want the ball in another house.” (Read the full story from The New York Times and coverage from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.) The ball now resides in Georgia Tech's Arthur B. Edge Intercollegiate Athletics Center.
More on the game's legacy and anniversary:
The Cumberland Game
At one time there was only one known photograph of the game in existence. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The matchup also is remembered for having no first downs during game play. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The Cumberland Game endures as the most lopsided victory in college football history. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The team that took on Cumberland and set the record in 1916. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The 1916 football team reunited in 1956. The players are labeled in this photo. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The 1916 football team reunited in 1956. Front Row: Cougar, Dugat, McDonald; Second Row: Warwick, Poague, Gray. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
Photograph of James H. Pres, Jr., member of the 1916 Georgia Tech Football team who kicked 18 conversions in the game. (Photo: Georgia Tech Archives)
The game ball has been saved and preserved since the record-setting afternoon of football. (Photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Tech alumnus Ryan Schneider won the game ball in a 2014 auction and donated it back to Georgia Tech. (Photo: The New York Times)
"I hope I look that good after a hundred years," Schneider said of the ball when he won it. (Photo: The New York Times)